Caprivi stripe – Lizauli Village, Namibia 104

Immediately after the border into Namibia we are in Caprivi stripe,a marvelous landscape and in Katima Mulilo, we set up our tent at the Zambezi. Everything is organized so properly, we believe we have left Africa.

Caprivi stripe – Camp at the Zambezi

Our journey continues west through the Caprivi strip on smooth tarmac. The route is over 100 kilometers straight, a few years ago, this was a dirt road, which at that time was a challenge.

But soon we turn off because we need an accommodation for the night. On the Kwando River, we find a place to stay. We are surprised by the price. Camping is not necessarily cheap.

Caprivi Stripe Campsite
charcoal cooking in Caprivi stripe
campsite at day light

But it’s only for one night because we want to visit a traditional village, called Lizauli. In the village we see women as they grind grain.

Lizauli women

A young man leads us around and shows us a traditional mousetrap. We must wait now what the medicine man found out, especially waiting for the translation. We are told that this instrument is intended to attract the hippo and used for hunting.

Lizauli Medicine Man

The Zemba or Lizauli are an ethnic group in Namibia, primarily found in the Zambezi Region (formerly known as the Caprivi Strip). The Zemba people have a unique culture and language, and are known for their traditional music and dance. They rely on fishing, hunting and small-scale agriculture for their livelihoods, and their community life is based on a strong sense of family and social ties. The Zemba people have faced challenges in the past, including displacement from their ancestral lands due to colonialism and conflict, but they continue to maintain their cultural identity and traditions.

Lizauli Village

Back on the main street in the Caprivi, suddenly an elephant is on the road. Just incredible. We head for Divundu at the eastern bank of the Okavango.